States: Iowa: Johnson
Jacob Floerchinger, retired farmer, post-office, Oxford; was born in Bavaria, Germany, April 10, 1817 and spent his early life in his native country. He came to America in November 1839 and went to Pennsylvania and worked on railroads, canals, and coal mines until the spring of 1842, when he returned to Germany and was put in the army and served two years and a half, when he bought a substitute, costing him 330 goulding. He came back to America in 1845 and lived in Wilkesbarre PA and worked at the coal mines until September 1855 he started west and landed in Iowa City Oct. 4. He bought 160 acres of land in Oxford township of John Cook and has since been engaged in farming, and has by industry and economy added to his estate and now owns 360 acres of fine land, besides town property. He was married Feb. 12, 1846 in Luzerne County PA to Miss Margaret Scherrer a native of Hamburg. They have four children; Frank J., John, Helena Agnes and Ann Elizabeth, and one, Mary Ann deceased. All except Mrs. Floerchinger are Catholic in faith, she being a Presbyterian. Source: History of Johnson Co, IA 1836-1882, Page 821.
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